If you find you have ancestors from the New England region; Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, it is beneficial to examine any neighboring states within the New England area. This is especially true if there were any Canadian ancestors. Many over the years left Canada and resettled in Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire.Of special interest should be Maine. It was first settled by English settlers in the early 1600s. Later the influence of the French settlers just north in Quebec, Canada would be important in Maine's history and her people. At Maine Genealogy there is a collection of searchable databases dealing with Maine. A good general search engine is available where a surname or individual name can be placed. Or going to the individual databases will help narrow down the choices. The databases include marriages in Maine from 1892 to 1966 and 1977 to 1996. A recent addition for marriages are the records for Cushing, Maine which run 1789 to 1847. This also links with the FamilySearch site which has Maine marriages form 1771 to 1907. There is information on divorces in Maine from 1799 to 1903, all searchable. A listing of Maine Death Records cover from 1956 to 1997, along with recent obituaries in large city and small town newspapers of Maine and burials of veterans from Maine. A good source is the collection of passenger manifests of passengers arriving at ports in Maine starting in 1820. There are some 8,200 records in this database. Another excellent database is on military veterans running from the American Revolutionary War, to the War of 1812, to Mexican War, American Civil War, and World War II. Besides the databases are photos numbering 4,900 of school groups, families, wedding portraits, individuals, veterans, portraits, homes and businesses. With that category are scanned images of numerous family Bible records, documents, newspaper articles, obituaries, tombstones, and vital records, all which are searchable.